Federer, Azarenka Named Top Seeds At London Olympics
by Staff | July 25th, 2012, 7:08 pm

As expected, World No. 1s Roger Federer and Victoria Azarenka were named top seeds at the upcoming tennis competition at the 2012 London Olympics. Neither player has won the singles gold.

Federer and countryman Stanislas Wawrinka teamed for gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He also lost in the bronze medal match at the 2000 Sydney games to Arnaud Di Pasquale.

In her only previous Olympics singles event, Azarenka lost to Venus Williams in the third round at 2008 Beijing. The Belarussian and Federer both regained No. 1 after Wimbledon.

Bob and Mike Bryan (USA), bronze medallists in Beijing, are top seeds in the men’s doubles, with defending champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka seeded No. 6. Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond (USA) are seeded No. 1 in the women’s doubles, while defending champions the Williams sisters are unseeded.

The seeds for the doubles are based on the combined rankings of each team, with each player using the higher of their singles and doubles world rankings.

All seedings went according to the ATP/WTA rankings.

The Olympics draw gets made Thursday. The event begins on Saturday.

1. Roger Federer (SUI)
2. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
3. Andy Murray (GBR)
4. David Ferrer (ESP)
5. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
6. Tomas Berdych (CZE)
7. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)
8. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
9. Juan Monaco (ARG)
10. John Isner (USA)
11. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
12. Gilles Simon (FRA)
13. Marin Cilic (CRO)
14. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
15. Kei Nishikori (JPN)
16. Richard Gasquet (FRA)

1. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
2. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
3. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
4. Serena Williams (USA)
5. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
6. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
7. Angelique Kerber (GER)
8. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
9. Sara Errani (ITA)
10. Li Na (CHN)
11. Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
12. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
13. Vera Zvonareva (RUS)
14. Maria Kirilenko (RUS)
15. Sabine Lisicki (GER)
16. Nadia Petrova (RUS)

1. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA)
2. Michael Llodra/Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
3. Janko Tipsarevic/Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
4. Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL)
5. Tomas Berdych/Radek Stepanek (CZE)
6. Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
7. Mahesh Bhupathi/Rohan Bopanna (IND)
8. Novak Djokovic/Victor Troicki (SRB)

1. Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond (USA)
2. Sara Errani/Roberta Vinci (ITA)
3. Maria Kirilenko/Nadia Petrova (RUS)
4. Andrea Hlavackova/Lucie Hradecka (CZE)
5. Angelique Kerber/Sabine Lisicki (GER)
6. Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesnina (RUS)
7. Flavia Pennetta/Francesca Schiavone (ITA)
8. Nuria Llagostera Vives/Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (ESP)

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40 Comments for Federer, Azarenka Named Top Seeds At London Olympics

Dave Says:

“Frightening” Federer and “terrific” Hewitt had a 90-minute hit and chatted history. Both are Wimbledon champions and true No.1s who topped the rankings every week throughout a season.


Borg Says:

Federer has loads of luck. This may be his chance since his nemesis is not there. If not for that spoiler named Soderling and Rafa’s worn out legs, Federer would never have won the french open. Now courtesy Rafa’s exit he is harbouring hopes of securing the Gold unless someone else kicks his butt………..

Kelly Says:

@Borg I higly doubt fed would get his but kicked. He’s 2-1 on grass against nadal and if it rains it will be even more in favor of fed who’s 4-0 on indoor. I’m quite dissapointed fed won’t meet rafa, as I think he would win.

Dave Says:

Federer was probably the most disappointed player when Nadal withdrew from the Olympics. As we can see from the match stats in this link, Nadal barely edged Federer at 2008 Wimbledon final — the only grass match that Rafa ever beat Roger — even though Federer was in the middle of a slump caused by his bout of mononucleosis.

Borg Says:

Dave-You know man Federer himself is on record saying that he was laughing for about 30 minutes after the match of Rafa against Rosol. The defeat of Rafa is sugar pill for the diabetic Federer.

malher Says:

here we go again (sigh)

Sienna Says:

Hewitt was on his way to tennis all time great stature if he wasnt hold back by the hunger called TMF.

TMF killing sprea killed not only all time status of Roddick but also Hewitts and Safin’s. Although Safin did indeed get his moment over Fed in a slam.

But it is for sure that because of the relentless mental mindset of Fed he killed 3 young men their alltime great status.

If all thre would have had there share of dominance like this era then Nadal never would have been able to win outside clay.

Nadal made optimal use from the devastatin effect Fed had on his coontemporarys and so when Fed hit a slump they where not there to defend the slams from Nadal. So he got a freebee on the non clayslams as a result of the sheer domination Fed had before.

As it stands in 2012 Fed finally also killed Nadal. He put him in a dangerous spot about to lose ground in the rankings. He is in danger of losing top4 spot after UsOpen. That will definetely be his downfall.
Dont see a 2013 clay sweep if he gooes in outside top 4.

metan Says:

First was rafa injured, now Roger’s injured, all never end! Can we just accept lost is lost, won is won please!

I will root for David, hope he could play like he was in wimby! He deserves to get one medal before retired.

racquet Says:

The olympic tennis draw is underway at Wimbledon. Fed gets Falla in the 1st rnd & possibly Benneteau in the 2nd. In the same quarter as Tipsy and Isner. Nole gets Fognini, in the same quarter as Tsonga. Murray gets Wawa 1st rnd, in the same half as Nole & has Gasquet, Berdych in his qtr. Ouch.

racquet Says:

Berdych, Almagro, Gasquet, Murray, Tsonga, Monaco, Cilic, Djokovic. ALL in the bottom half. Guess who’s laughing on the other side of the draw?

alena Says:

Federer says about Rosol: Okay, he didn’t play like that for five sets, but in the fifth it was just a joke. I was laughing because of his performance for 10 minutes after that. I couldn’t believe that he pulled it off the way he did.

Mark Says:

^ let us see who laughs last!!

Margot Says:

How can Andy, seeded 4 get Fed in the final, then seeded 3, get a possible match with Fed in the final? WTFs going on?
racquet @6.58, very hollow laughter from me. :(

Mark Says:

Does anyone have a link to the draw?

metan Says:

Any link, can I see the draw?

the mind reels Says:

Not the best-looking draw in the world, but Mark/metan, you can see it here:


the mind reels Says:

@Margot: the way draws are done in tennis, it’s possible for the #3 or #4 seed to land on the bottom half of the draw (though obviously not both in the same tournament), hence Murray’s situation. He’s got enough to worry about before the finals, though, so let’s not look too far ahead. First up is Stan.

metan Says:

Thank you the mind reels

racquet Says:

@ margot

Very hollow from me too but then again I did think Andy would go out before the QTRs @ Wimbledon. Maybe we’ll be surprised again? ;) Oh and, btw, I forgot to add that Raonic is also in the bottom half!! Tsonga could get him in the 2nd rnd = popcorn match.

Mark Says:

TMR. Thanks.

Mark Says:

Looks like another cake walk draw for Fed.

jake Says:

@Borg – just accept the fact that rafa is not playing for whatever reason. He does not matter at this time. Just watch the games and enjoy.

tfouto Says:

racquet what about Del Potro, Davydenko, Ferrer, Tipsarevic, Isner?

Margot Says:

the mind reels: that’s exactly why I said “possible” Andy has a horrible draw. B4 he can draw breath there’s Stan the man who always give Andy a nasty time.
Andy and Nole will get pummelled to pieces in a bottom heavy draw :(

racquet Says:

@ tfouto

What about them?

@ Margot

One advantage Andy has vs Wawa is if the first match is scheduled for Saturday. Since Fed handed him flag bearing duties, Stan will be up past midnight.

tfouto Says:

well you forget to mention that. Seems that Federer has no play with. Besides Djokovic cant be on the half of Federer…

the mind reels Says:

No problem, guys.

@Mark: I know Fed is not your favorite guy in the world, but if history is any indication, let’s not quite call it a cakewalk draw. His road certainly looks easier on paper than either Murray’s or Djokovic’s, but match-ups are meaningful, and we know that he’s been pushed to 5 sets by both Falla and Benneteau in recent years. I expect him to roll over both guys, assuming he is in form and hungry, but nothing is written in stone!

Tipsarevic is the most dangerous player in Roger’s quarter, and with a possible Ferrer-del Potro quarter on the other side, Federer has to be happy with the draw.

Murray has Stan, probably Gasquet, and then probably Berdych — all just to get to a semifinal match-up with Djokovic — which, frankly, sucks as far as draws go. If he pulls through all of that, kudos to him.

Novak could get Roddick and then the winner of Cilic/Hewitt (the latter of whom is apparently playing some good grass-court tennis, at least according to his coach…). If Tsonga gets past Raonic, we could have a Tsonga-Djokovic quarterfinal match-up.

For me, most interesting first-round matches:

* Nalbandian/Tipsarevic
* Tomic/Nishikori
* Murray/Wawrinka
* Goffin/Monaco

Monaco, now in the top 10, is coming off a win on clay, so I wonder how well he’ll adjust back to grass. Goffin has the game to take him out.

jane Says:

margot “Andy and Nole will get pummelled to pieces in a bottom heavy draw :(” Sigh…. :(

the DA Says:

The way I see it, the bottom half is a MS 1000 event and the top half is a ATP 500.

jane Says:

Nole could face two former Wimbledon champions before the QF; then he could have either Tsonga or Raonic in the QF with Murray in the semi.

racquet Says:

@jane @margot

One could look at this from a different angle: it’s conceivable that the so-called ‘pummelers’ could get pummeled before they reach our guys. Positive thinking now.

Ray Says:

seems like the tennis Gods have shown their giant middle finger to fed haters mark/brando, doesn’t it?

LOL! keep your hatred going…. Fed must be smiling like a cheshire cat!

DESTINY! The God of Wimbledon to get his hands on the GOLDware for a change and not SILVERware, LOL!

Margot Says:

@ racquet: Lol, I like it ;) Let’s hope it’s a verrry late night for Stan…
@ jane: Bummer…:’(
@ the DA: The way I see it the bottom half is a MS 1000 event and the top half a WTA 500….;)

Ray Says:

federer-nole final with the best man on the day winning the GOLD. I am thinking nole, but I would not be disappointed if Fed beats him for Gold.

Ray Says:

jane :

please stop acting like a murray fan! there is no one in this draw that can beat nole other than HRH, the Monarch of Wimbledon.

If fed loses out of before the final, like he has done the last 3 times in olympics, you can be sure nole will get the Gold!

Thomas Says:

so jamie,has the psychic predicted who will win gold at this olympics?

Margot Says:

@ racquet 9.51
Like your Pollyanna outlook
Love Eeyore

Dave Says:

Borg: “Dave-You know man Federer himself is on record saying that he was laughing for about 30 minutes after the match of Rafa against Rosol. The defeat of Rafa is sugar pill for the diabetic Federer.”

You need to take off your made-in-Mallorca glasses and use more objectivity to understand what you are reading. Everyone can read the several questions and answers regarding Rosol during the Federer press conferece

Normal people would that Federer was laughing because he was amazed by the spectacular display of tennis from Rosol under very difficult circumstances, given the slower conditions today. As fed said, Rosol’s performance in the fifth set “was just a joke”. “It’s so much harder to be, in that state.”

Normal people would have understood that Federer felt bad for Nadal because it was a tough loss. Yet Federer was eager to see Rosol keep up the spectacular play even against his good buddy Kohlschreiber in the next round: “Philip is a good friend of mine, but then again I hope Rosol can keep it up and play similar to what he played against Rafa.”

harry Says:

If you know french, a Wawa-Fed interview:

Interesting to see how close they are…

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